Our first trip thru Vegas, Sherry was collecting match books and wanted to get a matchbook with casino names on them. I put a quarter in a slot in each Casino. I walked up to a machine in the third casino and started to put my quarter in, and I heard, “NO! that is my machine!” It startled me, on the other end of the line of slots was a woman with a mean look on her face! SOOO, I LEARNED SOMETHING about gambling.
The die hard gamblers will select a bank of slots and put money in each one. Then go back down the line pulling the handles. I am too cheap for that. I did learn that no one can really claim a machine unless they are sitting in front of it. There have been serious fights because someone (ignorant of the practice) won a jack pot while the ‘owner’ was at the other end of the row pulling handles. LOL
Gambling is a SIN (I was taught), so I had never gambled until I was away from home. Now I consider what little gambling I do as entertainment, like buying a lottery ticket and thinking what I would do if I won. (that is entertaining, and good mental gymnastics).
It is even easier to lose now, insert your credit card and push a button. You don’t even get the exercise of pulling the handle.
On one trip to Nova Scotia we took the ferry. I wandered into the Casino. I had several quarters so I fed them in and pushed the button each time, nothing happened, so I started to walk off, but a flashing light on the machine caught my eye, so I pushed it. WOW I got piles of quarters, both pockets full, it was $38 in quarters, I WAS RICH! Normally I would have put it back into the machine to “get richer”, but this time I actually won, because I walked out.
I haven’t played the slots the last two times in Vegas, they no longer take cash money.
I really believe there are ‘lucky’ people who somehow WIN. I have met a few. Me? Not so much, if I gamble, I usually lose. What we have accomplished has been due to being frugal and hard work. But I will still ‘take a chance’. It can be argued that you are gambling every time you drive a car on today’s roads.
1965 , Chevy SS, GTO and he famed Mustang
50 years ago!
I just heard today that Friend Hank reads this Blog. SWEET.